The Mets' latest loss to the Phillies was simply debilitating.
After the Phillies walked it off in a five-run bottom of the ninth, manager Mickey Callaway had to stand in front of the New York media to answer for the heartbreak. And he couldn't say much about how he and the team felt other than how tough it was to be up late in a game and lose yet again.
"The same as the others," he said about the loss. "It's tough to swallow. That's about all you can say about it."
This time around, Edwin Diaz was the culprit, allowing those five runs on a two-run homer to Maikel Franco and three-run walk-off jack to Jean Segura. The Mets were up 3-1, thanks to Todd Frazier hitting a two-run home run himself to take the lead in the top of the ninth.
Diaz' first flaw was allowing Cesar Hernandez to reach base on a walk. He threw a question slider on a full count, something that Callaway didn't say directly was the wrong pitch to throw, but tone implied it.
Mickey Callaway on Edwin Diaz: "I didn't notice that his stuff was off right away" pic.twitter.com/fWtEfcFeVC- SNY (@SNYtv) June 27, 2019
"No, he was throwing some good pitches to Hernandez and then threw him a 3-2 slider," Callaway said. "That's kinda being picky to pick at the slider, but he did walk him. But, if he punches him out, then you're happy. But no, I didn't notice his stuff was off right away."
Franco, then, tied the game in the next at-bat on a 96-mph fastball that went right down the middle on an 0-2 count. The rest happened in a flash with the Phillies jumping up and down at home plate when Segura touched it.
The Mets went 3-8 on this 11-game road trip, and it was the same situation in almost every game. This has been a trend Callaway has seen all season, and he can't believe it has persisted this long.
"It wasn't just these four," he explained. "It was about seven on this road trip that we could've easily won. And it's not just this road trip, that leads back into our last homestand and even the road trip before that. We've been way too close to have this many losses."
But this one -- the one that not only capped a sweep for an NL East rival -- has to be the worst, right Mickey?
"They're all tough in the moment. This one stings the worst because it just happened," he said. "This is a game that we all felt we really needed to win. Again, we put ourselves in a position to do that and we didn't get it done."